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Spotlight Article
Date: 2012-06-18
Article Title: The Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire and Nashville Symphony Bring Their Musical Synergy to Fontanel
Article: Black Music Month in Music City just gets better and better. Known for the dynamic sound of their horn section, their energetic and elaborate stage shows, and the interplay between the contrasting vocals of Philip Bailey's falsetto and Maurice White's tenor, the spectacular Earth, Wind & Fire will light up the night at Fontanel on Saturday, June 23 along with the Nashville Symphony.
  The band is also known as having been the first African-American performers to sell out Madison Square Garden and to receive the MSG Gold Ticket Award. President Barack Obama invited Earth, Wind & Fire to perform at the White House for the first social event of the new administration.
  In 1969, Maurice White, a former session drummer for Chess Records and former member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio, joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol Records, and called themselves the "Salty Peppers," and had a marginal hit in the Midwestern area called "La La Time."
  It wasn’t until the early 1970s that Maurice added new band members which included vocalist Philip Bailey, changed their name to Earth, Wind & Fire and signed with then President Clive Davis at CBS/Columbia Records. Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band began to revolutionize the sound of popular music with their fusion of R&B, rock and jazz, uniting their audiences in an exuberant celebration of peace, love and universal harmony. And like the band itself, their live shows were equally dynamic packed with funky music and plenty of hits which have span four decades including hits from “Let’s Groove” and “Sing a Song” to “Shining Star” and “After the Love Has Gone.”
  For more information on the Grammy Award winning Earth, Wind & Fire and Nashville Symphony concert, call (877) 357-8094